Taqueria Lower East Side

Taqueria Lower East Side

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant and Taco Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Kevin E.
    Kevin EnnisJuly 31, 2013
    Guacamole amazing. Steak taco- a must-better than lamb & pork. Beef head & tongue--seasoned & seared to perfection! Avoid purchasing bottles of wine. 1000 times better than San Loco & cheap! $3 tacos
  • Keith M.heart icon on user image
    Keith McKenzieJanuary 21, 2015
    One of the best taco places I've found in the city, even comparable to my previous local spots in SF. Prices are right and the atmosphere is lively. Large groups can be hard to seat due to size.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 13, 2013
    Take the edge off with a margarita and follow that with the carnitas- piled with slow cooked peppered pig, crispy on the edges and tender on the inside. One bite of this & the room will fade away.
  • Angela D.heart icon on user image
    Angela DumadagJuly 15, 2013
    Can't go wrong with anything here! Margaritas are great, and so is the LA/Mexico City vibe. My go-to's are carnitas and cactus tacos and the steak quesadilla. And the tostadas & soups are amazing.
  • diogo p.
    diogo pauloOctober 27, 2013
    Really great mexican restaurant. Margaritas are great and guacamole is delicious. Lamb, pork and steak tacos are really good too.Ambience is really cool with rock and metal music.
  • Carolina E.
    Carolina EspinosaAugust 19, 2013
    Went with a group of 6 people and everyone loved their meals and drinks! Cheap and good! The next day our friends were still thinking about the place and the food they ate :)
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    Kevin SkobacSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The lamb taco is unusual and outstanding. I also love the spicy house salsa. Pro tip: before 10PM you can do "take out" and eat at the bar next door.
  • samantha h.heart icon on user image
    samantha hankinsAugust 9, 2014
    Best taco option in lower Manhattan. Delicious and cheap. Definitely my pick over Tacombi. Lamb tacos. Lengua tacos. Guacamole. All good. Small place, great service.
  • Cloe B.
    Cloe BushnellJanuary 19, 2015
    Cheap tacos & margs. LA bar that also plays pretty in pink. What more could you ask for? No reservations but they will come get you from the bar next door when your table is ready.
  • Aira B.
    Aira BowersMarch 26, 2014
    After a long time I found a place where they serve AGUA DE HORCHATA. Guacamole is so great and their tacos are absolutely delicious. And price is fair enough. :)
  • Anoop R.heart icon on user image
    Anoop RanganathOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You would never think to order it, but the Cecina is a fantastic plate of salty, flavorful flank steak, chilaquiles which are essentially nachos, and beans. I order it every time.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuNovember 2, 2014
    Tacos here are super cheap and 3 will certainly fill you up. Order the carnitas - slow cooked pork that is so tender it almost melts in your mouth.
  • Jen
    JenMay 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fresh corn tortillas, for real? Barbacoa and Nopalitos tacos yes. Quesadilla de hongos was less a quesadilla and more of a wonderful empanada-like pocket made from corn. Can't wait to go back.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsJune 17, 2012
    "You won’t find battered, overwhelming fish tacos here, just simple, fresh, pan-fried tilapia topped with cabbage slaw and salsa on 6″ tortillas. It’s perfect for a mid-afternoon snack." Read more
  • Era S.
    Era SinghFebruary 2, 2014
    Yummy! I got the tostado soup and chicken roja enchiladas! Both amazing. Tacos are great too. Fun atmosphere; get there early tho! No reservations
  • John C.
    John CastanedaJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I grew up in the central valley of California I've tried nearly everything on the menu here. Its all very solid. Do yourself a favor and have the carnitas taco. Best in NYC hands down.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeyAugust 13, 2014
    A dive bar version of nearby Tacombi with unbelievable prices. You MUST order the pork tacos and guacamole (with free chip refills)
  • harryhheart icon on user image
    harryhAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A totally solid inexpensive mexican joint. Everything I've had has been great. Definitely get some chips & guac. Enjoy the 80s movies they show on the TVs.
  • Leslie L.
    Leslie LaurenceMay 6, 2012
    Highly recommend their hibiscus margaritas. The downstairs room reserved for bottle service is really nice. You can order individual drinks at the bar and bring them to the banquette.
  • New York P.heart icon on user image
    New York PRMarch 30, 2014
    Really good cheap authentic Mexican tacos. Don't let the sports banners fool you, they don't show games instead they had on Star Wars and wouldn't change it on request.
  • Madm F.heart icon on user image
    Madm FiaNovember 14, 2014
    Love this place. Affordable, great ambiance, awesome bartenders. We watched willy wonka 3 times with Spanish subtitles. That good.
  • tricia o.
    tricia okinOctober 2, 2013
    Love the lamb barbacoa tacos here. And the guy bartender with the really pretty eyes makes amazing margaritas and he's super nice.
  • Humayun R.
    Humayun RashidMarch 16, 2013
    Beef tongue taco is so juicy and the texture is really interesting. Overly greasy a bit with the fried taco shell but still really delicious!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 19, 2013
    Solid tacos (including fish) and fat, juicy tortas are all good at this funky taqueria.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TiffanyDecember 1, 2011
    Order take-out. Tasty food, but the music is louder than their own speakers can handle, it's so cramped the tables are comically crammed against each other, and it gets incredibly hot.
  • Carleigh F.
    Carleigh FerranteApril 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best tacos I've had in NYC. Pork, chorizo, and salted beef are top 3. Start with some guacamole and keep the margaritas coming.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KisselJune 21, 2013
    This place is pretentiously decorated and the waitresses were all "wevs" – but the cecina and carnitas tacos were simply the best tacos I've had in NYC.
  • Omer Z.heart icon on user image
    Omer ZachAugust 8, 2014
    Lamb barbacoa taco was awesome and only $3! One of the best brunch deals in the city.
  • Mike O.heart icon on user image
    Mike O'SullivanFebruary 15, 2015
    Awesome quesadillas, with a late 80s / early 90s LA decor. Great for a quick meal
  • Yera H.heart icon on user image
    Yera HaFebruary 20, 2015
    I dont think you can go wrong with anything at this tiny spot, but I really love the fish tacos.
  • Doctore A.heart icon on user image
    Doctore AguacateNovember 11, 2014
    Possibly best taco spot in town, all things considered. Carnitas and buche(tripe) both excellent.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Stick with the Carne asada, Pork, Barbacoa, Chorizo, or Cactus tacos with guacamole and margaritas Read more
  • Eric H.heart icon on user image
    Eric HOctober 20, 2014
    No tips for you...get your own! Love the tacos and beers here and I'm not sharing with you!
  • Angela D.heart icon on user image
    Angela DumadagJanuary 25, 2015
    Love the carnitas and cactus tacos, steak quesadilla, and both chicken and tortilla soups.
  • Kiki E.heart icon on user image
    Kiki EmbryonicAugust 8, 2012
    Chorizo tacos are amazing, margs are delishus and the service is always fantastic. One of my favs for Mexican in NYC
  • Mischaheart icon on user image
    MischaJanuary 25, 2015
    Good tacos, not the best I've ever tried but decent. Contrary from what I've read lengua (tongue) is not that great, but suadero wow! Nice, is close to real Mexican style.
  • Kim M.
    Kim MarinSeptember 3, 2013
    Like authentic Mexican food ? This is definitely the place to go. Get the tacos . Fish and carnitas 👌
  • Yan P.
    Yan POctober 8, 2013
    They have an awesome menu, but of you just stick with the carnitas, you can't go wrong.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 27, 2013
    To get more bang out of your buck, order the pork tostados over the tacos.
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShenFebruary 8, 2013
    Had the carnitas taco...o Mexican food... Why did I have to fall in love with you on the East Coast when you were right in front of me on the West?
  • Courtney R.heart icon on user image
    Courtney RizzoOctober 15, 2014
    LES atmosphere with reasonable prices. Tasty pulled pork tacos and margaritas.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KoplinAugust 29, 2013
    Hands-down the best Carnitas I've had in the city, declared by a pulled pork aficionado with a dangerous proprietary recipe of his own.
  • Marcy E.
    Marcy ErhardJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The pork, fish & lamb tacos are off the hook...and like California's awesome tacos. The horizontal taco is super greasy. Avoid.
  • Ada C.
    Ada ChanJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The fish tacos are awesome...but so are the salted beef and pork stomach tacos. I think I might need an intervention for this addiction.
  • Angela
    AngelaJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This place is superb! Yummy, inexpensive food, great movies and music while you hang out, and Paul is the best!
  • Mattan T.
    Mattan TenneNovember 2, 2014
    The tacos are amazing. Don't miss the steak!! Great atmosphere too
  • Betty
    BettyMarch 16, 2013
    There's a lot of grease in the tacos but in this case the carnitas as well worth it.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KeeganMay 17, 2013
    I rarely order carnitas buuuut the carnitas tacos are amazing! Do it.
  • Courtney T.heart icon on user image
    Courtney TightDecember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious & affordable food, killer margaritas, fun decor. Love this spot.
  • Holly S.heart icon on user image
    Holly StairDecember 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Pork and fish tacos can't be beat. Tortilla soup is surprisingly good.
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